How to Change Jobs Quickly
Finding a stable job right now is somewhat difficult because the economic crisis is taking its toll on the vast majority of companies. However, maybe you're thinking about changing jobs because you're not comfortable in your current workplace, you are not paid as much as you should, you work too many or too few hours, etc. Wanting to change jobs is understandable, but keep in mind that if you cannot afford to be unemployed, you'll need to pull out all the stops to find a new position. Do you want to change jobs quickly? Nobody can wave a magic wand; however, we do have some tips that could stand you in good stead. We at oneHOWTO wish you luck!
The first thing you have to do is resist the temptation to leave you current job before finding another, unless it is unbearable or you can temporarily live off government benefits. If not, you'll have to do your job hunting whilst still in your current job. It is important that you learn how to be happy at work while you're still looking for the other job, otherwise it will become very hard.
Your CV is fundamental when looking for jobs in other companies. With this in mind, you should make sure that it is well written and up to date. Your CV should include the following sections:
- Personal data: name and surname, address, email and telephone (add two phones if you can as this is the usual way employers contact candidates).
- Education: what you have studied, when and where. You can include anything from your college courses you have done to business courses, even if they only lasted a few days or a few hours. Anything goes!
- Professional experiences: this section should be the most comprehensive as most employers are looking for people with experience. It should contain details of companies in which you have worked, the length of time you worked there and, above all, what skills you have developed in these roles.
- Languages: state your mother tongue and any languages you know, even if you are not very advanced. Do not say you are fluent in Spanish if you are not, as you may be asked to speak in this language during the interview and you'll be left feeling embarrassed.
- I.T. skills: what software you have used and if you're a daily Internet user, what social networks you used, etc. Depending on the type of work you are applying for, this section can be vital.
- Other information: in this section include details such as your availability (full-time, part-time, mornings or evenings, or weekends only), your willingness to relocate and/or travel and whether you have a driving license and own your own vehicle.
Keep the layout of the CV simple and tidy: use a plain text type, avoid using large text (size 11 or 12 is perfect) and keep the tone formal and polite. And above all, take care with the spelling. Candidates with mistakes reduce their chances of getting the job.
Another very important aspect in switching jobs quickly is to write a cover letter, which you should attach to he CV. Keep this short, never writing more than one page. Explain your current position and what qualities you have that make you suitable for the job. This letter should reflect how are as an employee, if you like working in a team, if you believe that even without the relevant studies, you have the necessary experience (or vice versa), etc. Also check typos and punctuation errors.
It's time to submit the CV: Where do I begin? The truth is there are many ways to deliver a CV. Here we'll explain the most common methods used by candidates when finding employment, as well as those used by companies to find employees:
- On the Internet in job sites: On these websites, there are many companies looking for people and is very easy to register (and free). You have to create your CV to begin the job search. Always search for jobs in areas that you are interested in, as well as positions in regions near to where you live.
- In each company website you can submit your CV, as many provide an e-mail to which you can send it or a direct employment section.
- Call into companies, especially if you're looking for a job in a small village as some business do not use internet as much and instead hang up job advertisements in their windows. If you see a sign, go in and hand in your CV. Even if there is not a job ad, go in anyway! You never know, they might need an employee tomorrow and they'll have your CV already.
Finally, the people around you should know that you are actively looking for work and want to switch jobs. Tell everyone you know, and ask if they know of any jobs going. Word of mouth can lead to your ideal job. In fact, coaches recommend not to spend too much time on the Internet and instead go out and look for jobs in person. This will help you meet people and have better chances than just looking for a job from your desk chair. Get job hunting!
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